|Heavily laden on Palm Sunday.|
9. Lace only on major feasts and during Eastertide. At any other time, it somehow seems garish and tacky. Forbidden for requiems, and during Advent, the Gesimas (if your parish is one of the rare ones that still observes them), and Lent.
8. If there's an error in the service bulletin (unless it's a typo), act as if you did it on purpose, and follow what's printed.
|Our faithful band of altar servers.|
6. When passing objects to the celebrant, REMEMBER, kiss the object, then the hand when passing it off; but do the reverse when receiving the object back, kissing the hand, then the object. The same principle applies when passing the celebrant his beverage at coffee hour after mass or a post-Evensong sherry.
5. Never turn your back on the Blessed Sacrament when it is exposed upon the altar, but turn, so that you end up with your back to the altar with the Sacrament next to you; and if you must descend the altar, do so at a slight angle toward the monstrance. Anything else will earn a stern look from Jesus, the Rector, and especially the MC.
|Grim priest with broken hand.|
3. However slowly you're walking in procession, you're probably walking too fast. Processions should never be lethargic and funereal, but neither should they be a forced march. Slow it down, so that everyone can keep pace.
2. Learn the "off-the-menu" specials. Part of what happens liturgically in the parish may not be found in the Prayer Book, the Missal, or the published customary, but may be enshrined in custom. In morning prayer, for example, the asterisks telling us where to pause in the Te Deum are not in the 1928 Prayer Book, but everyone knows where they're supposed to be, and we pause accordingly. In evening prayer, the versicle and responses, "Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy," before the Lord's Prayer are not in the Prayer Book, but we say them, anyway.
1. When blessing ashes, palms, a statue, candles, or some other object, this is the proper sequence: put incense into thurible, and then return it to the thurifer. Sprinkle the object with holy water. Only then does the celebrant receive the thurible back to cense the object. Incense - sprinkle - cense.
* And just as a bonus: when there's a problem: Rector (smiling): "I blame the curate." Curate (also smiling): "So do I. That's what curates are for."